Teachers Rebel Over Atheist Promotion in Their School

Teachers in a Virignia school district are rebelling over being told to hand out flyers to the children concerning a camp for children of atheists. I have a feeling it would be totally against the rules to hand out flyers about a Christian camp. You know it is not okay to promote God, but promoting Godlessness is fine. The fact that God is not allowed in our schools anymore is what has caused our society to denigrate to the low level we see today.

Some teachers in the Albemarle School District in Virginia are rebelling against their managers’ orders to hand out to students as young as kindergarten a promotion for a summer camp that advocates for “Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever…”

A representative of the teachers talked to WND only on condition that a name and school not be used, and said such advertisements provided by the district to hand out to children violate the teachers’ religious beliefs.

It was the same school district that WND earlier reported was distributing publicity about a “Pagan Christmas ritual” being held in the community.

The newest brochure advertises Camp Quest.
“Camp Quest is the first residential summer camp in the history of the United States for the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural, lifestance. Campers are encouraged to think for themselves and are not required to hold any particular view,” the ad says.

Telephone calls to school officials requesting a comment were not returned. But when WND reported on the “Pagan Christmas,” board chairwoman Sue Friedman told WND such ads are distributed because the school was forced to do so, following a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Maryland.

The ruling concluded if one community group is allowed to use a distribution program at a school, then all groups must be given the same access. The district then made a policy adjustment in order to accommodate that ruling, Friedman said.

“In order to allow the YMCA to tell you about their soccer league, or the Boy Scouts to tell you about their new troop, we have to allow all nonprofits,” she said. “That’s why we’re seeing this.”

Be sure to click on the link to see a copy of the flyer for Camp Quest.
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9 Responses to “Teachers Rebel Over Atheist Promotion in Their School”

  1. Seth says:

    “I have a feeling it would be totally against the rules to hand out flyers about a Christian camp.”

    In the part of the story you quote, it says that a recent court ruling found that “if one community group is allowed to use a distribution program at a school, then all groups must be given the same access.” So, obviously it would be against the rules _not_ to hand out flyers about a Christian camp. In fact, another court ruled in favor of a Christian camp sending flyers home to kids through the school.

    This Quest camp is just using the same rules which Christians have created for themselves. What’s the matter, don’t you approve when non-Christians are treated the same as Christians?

  2. skoosh says:

    Seth beat me to it. Let me just leave a link to the relevant background info, on a blog that covers the politics of the very school district in question. To wit:

    Albemarle’s current policy was challenged over the summer at Hollymead Elementary when school staff denied distribution of flyers related to a vacation bible school. After further review and in light of recent court cases, school staff allowed the flyer to be distributed and set in motion the School Board’s review of the flyer policy. You can read the press release from Liberty Counsel thanking us for promptly reversing the denial at Hollymead.

  3. Steve says:

    We have no problems with equal treatment. In fact it’s very welcome. It’s when we don’t get equal treatment (which a simple Google search of this blog will give you many examples of unequal treatment against Christians) that there are problems.
    Case in point: “Druids, heathens, shamans and witches welcomed at school that banned Bible”
    Sorry, go bait someone else’s blog. We don’t bite over here.

  4. aggie says:

    To be fair there Steve, they were not baiting at all. They pointed out a obvious fallacy in the blog. You might welcome equal treatment, but the teachers at that school did not welcome it. They showed, with their actions, that they wanted non-Christian groups to be excluded. There may be many examples of unequal treatment, from many differnt sides, but the article that this blog is about was on the specific incidence at one school.

  5. Steve says:

    Seth and Aggie,
    Seth, you did try to bait with your last comment. So in overlooking your sarcastic remark, yes I do approve when Christians are given the same rights as non-Christians. That is the way it should be. I can site numerous time when Christians have been relegated to an almost “second class” status.
    Seth, Skoosh and Aggie,
    You are correct that this does not seem to be one of those instances. Beth’s point was that there have been, as stated above, numerous times when other “religious” thoughts were espoused when Christians were muzzled.
    In modern education, it is the exception to the rule to allow Christians to express their views in the school forum.

  6. Philip says:

    ===Steve===
    In modern education, it is the exception to the rule to allow Christians to express their views in the school forum.
    ——————

    Correct, because public school should not become a facility for teaching religion. If it were, it would quickly descend into chaos, because Wiccans, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc. would all be fighting for control over what would be tought.

    So, I hope you don’t think it’s ok to express Christian (or Wiccan, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, etc.) ideas in a public and government-funded institution. That’s why all of these religions have ceremonies and why evangelical Christians have “Sunday school” and private schools.

    It’s very easy to understand and agree with, and any rational person would concur that it’s a bad idea to promote any religion in public school, but the sentiment of the Christian public at large (in the US) is that it’s a bad thing that God is “out of our schools”.

    And so, Steve, even though you say you promote equal treatment, the sentence that I quoted from you implies that you in fact may not, which is the same exact problem that aggie and Seth were describing.

  7. Alex says:

    Ahhh… The separation of church and state. I often hear reference to our “great forefathers” from Christians these days but many of these people like to pick and choose what they like about our Constitution and ignore the rest (much like the bible). But Just as Phillip says this separation protects all of our beliefs because it means that it is not legal for one group to step on another. I understand that the world would be easier if we all thought the same, but God didn’t want it that way so why are we trying to change it?

    Christmas is full of pagan rituals! It’s where the Christmas tree comes from and many other Holidays share traits with pagan traditions too, the Easter bunny for one. It all came about as the Church began to warp certain customs in order to try to boost membership. It’s all very human stuff but there is no reason to think God would be more offended by a historical recreation of a pagan ritual than that of a staged Civil War battle.

  8. Steve says:

    Philip,
    I honestly don’t have a problem with a person of any religious belief expressing themselves in school. As long as that expression does not get in the way of their academic duties, students should be able to express their beliefs during the school day, especially on their own time.
    All I ask for is equal treatment.
    The schools are falling all over themselves to teach Islam, but where is the equal treatment for other religions?
    Our constitutional freedoms don’t end when we walk in a school house door.

  9. Alex says:

    Again here as with the article about the EPA celebrating Gay or Lesbian Pride month I fail to see what has happened that is trampelling on any of your rights. When you say Islam is being taught in schools do you mean that it is being taught what the theology is? This is crucial from a historical stand point if not from a cultural stand point. Why is it so distressing for a child to be hearing their ideas? Those ideas that are shared with the Christian faith (which often is painfully much to have all this fighting) are reinforcement and those that aren’t should be discussed by kids with those around them be it parents teachers and friends. What are we so threatened by? Are we acting out of Fear or Love?

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